Despite its name, Ardastra Gardens is actually a full-fledged zoo and conservation area. Guests can explore the jungle habitats of many wild animals, and are even encouraged to bring quarters for the feed stations.
A trip to the zoo is like a walk through the jungle, with furry friends at every turn. Here, you will see over 200 animals that include lemurs, monkeys, and even jaguars. To get even closer to these animals, you can take part in one of the encounters that are included with admission such as the flamingo or Lory Parrot Encounters. Most importantly to the zoo though, they offer a once in a lifetime educational experience on conservation and protection of animals and habitats.
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You can reach Ardastra Gardens from Downtown Nassau by catching any bus that stops in front of the McDonald's across from the Hilton Hotel. Simple ask the bus driver to take you to Ardastra Gardens at West Bay Street. Once you are dropped off, follow the signs up the road for about a three minute walk.
Ardastra Gardens is situated in the northern outskirts of Nassau, close to downtown Nassau.
Of course, one of the most exciting options while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be sharing fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of this attraction. Frankie Gone Bananas Restaurant, which offers Caribbean dishes, offers convenient access to this zoo. Frankie Gone Bananas Restaurant is only about a quarter mile away from Ardastra Gardens, so stop by and eat up! Twin Brothers Arawak Cay and Café Skans are some more restaurant options within reach. At Café Skans you should try a bit of American dishes and experience the flavors of the Bahamas.
There are other places of interest nearby, including Fort Charlotte, which is a quarter mile away Nassau. You might also consider checking out National Art Galley of The Bahamas, which is another attraction in the vicinity.
Being able to choose from some other activities will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.
|Fort Charlotte||Historic Site||0.2 mi. (5.0 km)||E||3.1 mi. North of Nassau|
|National Art Galley of The Bahamas||Museum||0.9 mi. (4.7 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|Pirates of Nassau||Museum||1.1 mi. (4.9 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|Pompey Museum||Museum||1.2 mi. (5.0 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|Balcony House Museum||Museum||1.2 mi. (4.8 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|Gregory Arch||Historic Site||1.2 mi. (4.7 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|Garden of Remembrance||--||1.4 mi. (4.8 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
|--||1.4 mi. (5.0 km)||E||Downtown Nassau|
The garden and zoo is open daily from 9:00am until closing at 5:00pm. However, keep in mind that new admission into the parks end at 4:15pm.
Ardastra is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day.
Entry into Ardastra Gardens is $16(USD) for adults and $8(USD) for children ages four to 12. Residents receive a slight discount, paying $12(USD) for adults and $6(USD) for children.
West Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
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